By Louise Fury
A few weeks ago, I had the fortunate pleasure of attending the Washington RWA's chapter retreat. From the minute I stepped into the historic Carradoc Hall Inn in Leesburg, Virginia, it was as if I had been transported into another world. The hotel itself is attached to a stately 1747 mansion home, one filled with old world ambiance; rocking chairs, secret underground rooms and on this occasion, many wonderfully talented and extremely generous romance writers.
I was not there but 5 minutes when the fabulous author Mary Blaney spied the ribbon declaring me a first timer and proceeded to buy me a drink, declared us friends and then introduced me to the lovely Mary Lenaburg. And for three wonderful days, it was all new friends, copious amounts of alcohol, book swapping, games, shared secrets and fun.
Roxanne St. Claire kicked off the conference with a fun drinking game disguised as a speech and had everyone chugging their drinks and splitting their seams with her version of the RWA food pyramid for writers ---- Swedish fish, Diet Coke, cheezits, coffee and pringles...this woman knows her stuff and looks hot to boot. I'm in!
Charlaine Harris and her editor Ginger Buchanan mingled with everyone and spent a lot of time chatting with guests over meals about writing, family and the 20-year myth of "instant success."
Cathy Maxwell, Deb B. and Mary Blaney about Life, Lust and Love. Secrets were spilled and quickly buried in the vault, before we took the questions out of the ballroom and into the hallways.
This entire experience was like being at summer camp, I cannot wait for 2011! So keep your eyes out for next year's dates, because this is one retreat you shouldn't miss. ♥
Louise Fury is a Literary Agent with the L. Perkins Agency. She is currently building her list. Find her on the web at http://www.louisefury.blogspot.com/.